“The main thing now is to let people out of the cities and localities through the humanitarian corridors secured by our military,” the Russian foreign minister reminded, referring to the implementation of this agreement of the negotiations between the parties.
“We hope or, at least, have hoped that this agreement will be clearly implemented,” he added, while saying that he had received information about the refusal of the authorities in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol to allow civilians to leave through the humanitarian corridor.
He noted that also in the city of Kherson, when the humanitarian corridor was opened, representatives of the Russian Emergencies Ministry tried to help evacuate people and deliver humanitarian aid, but the authorities refused to accept it.
The head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, warned this afternoon that the 200,000 refugees from the city of Mariupol and 15,000 from Volnovaja who were expected to be transferred through the humanitarian corridors had not arrived.
Mizintsev, heading the Interministerial Coordination Headquarters for humanitarian aid, noted that, according to the latest received reports, the nationalists did not release civilians and foreign citizens from these localities.
He added that shortly before opening the corridors, the nationalists opened artillery fire on the positions of the Russian Armed Forces from Mariupol and Volnovaja.